Monthly Archives: January 2016


My Brother’s Last Soundtrack

by Sue Kemple, CEO, My Last Soundtrack

A few weeks ago, my sons gave me the best birthday gift. James, the “little one,” concluded that all the songs on my smartphone “suck.” So they gifted me with some CDs (CDs!) of newer music they thought I’d like. I was surprised at how much I did like the music they chose, but also touched that they’d put such thought into it, and pleased that they know me well enough to

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old lady with dog

I know you love me – now let me die

by Louis Profeta, M.D.

In the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow, in fresh cleaned sheets under the corner window where she would in days gone past watch her children play. Soup would boil on the stove just in case she felt like a sip or two. Perhaps the radio softly played Al Jolson or Glenn Miller, flowers sat on the nightstand, and family quietly came and went. These were her last days. READ THE REST HERE.


Keeping Dr Paul Kalanithi’s Voice Alive

On March 9, 2015, two years after learning he had metastatic lung cancer, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, 37, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, died. He left behind his wife, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, their 8-month-old daughter, Cady, and a file on his computer labeled Kalanithi-Ms-20Feb.docx. His wife took that document, shepherded its contents to publication, and the resulting book, “When

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How Hanging Concentrates the Mind

by Sue Kemple, CEO, My Last Soundtrack

I’ve never been one to shy away from thoughts of death. In fact, you might say in the first decade of my life, I was morbidly fascinated with it. I used to roam the neighborhood looking for dead birds to inter in the little cemetery I cultivated (in a neighbor’s yard down the street!), and mark their graves. One of the games I’d persuade my younger siblings to play with me was called, simply, Funeral

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